Dec 19, 2008 4:54pm
5/7/70: Dupont Gym, M.I.T.
Venue: Dupont Gym M.I.T.
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date: May 7, 1970
Taped By: unknown
Taper pre-show: "Ya know Garcia looks like Phil Specter, sort of his profile ... it's really weird. He's much chubbier than i thought, his nose and lips, very strange (laughter). Kind of weird sensation actually."
Garcia pre-'Dire Wolf': "Here's a song you can all sing along with us. This is like ... this is the little paranoid in the streets mantra ... if you want to think of it that way."
Taper post-show: "Oh shit!"
Set I [Acoustic GD]
02.Don't Ease Me In [03'08][00'22]
03.I Know You Rider [07'52][02'05]
04.Friend Of The Devil [03'36][01'13]
05.Me And My Uncle [03'24][00'29]
06.Deep Elem Blues [06'20][00'19]
08.stage banter/Bobby jokes [04'23]
09.Cumberland Blues [05'04][00'13]
10.New Speedway Boogie [10'06][01'27]
11.Black Peter [06'32][00'04]
12.Uncle John's Band [07'12][00'20]
Set II [NRPS]
Set III [Electric GD]
13.Good Lovin' [08'34][00'06]
14.[00'15] Cold Rain & Snow [05'40][00'39]
15.[00'24] Dire Wolf [04'16]
16.[00'12] Easy Wind [09'49]
17.[00'51] Beat It On Down The Line [02'45][00'04]
18.High Time [06'54][00'07]
19.[00'03] That's It For The Other One [19'56] >
20.Cosmic Charlie [06'52][00'07]
21.Casey Jones [04'51][00'02]
22.I'm A King Bee [07'48][00'19]
Bobby: "Hey, we're gonna take kind of a five minute break and figure out what we're gonna do next."
23.Frozen Logger [00'31]
25.Not Fade Away [08'22] >
26.Turn On Your Lovelight [31'30][01'04]
Drums Breaks (for Cliff)
Good Lovin': 01'57 - 03'14
TIFTOO: 01'59 - 04'41
Sound quality: 7.0/10
Say what you will about the 5/6 Kresge show, and admittedly, it's a good one, in fact, a favourite of mine from a month with its share of fantastic shows. However, next day's show at Dupont Gym most definitely deserves its own sort of accolades. And yeah, it's an AUD sourced show, and of an age that will reveal all the usual audio artifacts common in such a source (mic issues, dropouts, mix-issues, etc). But even still, i love it. And you should too.
The show starts out with a pretty interesting acoustic set, a rendition of 'Don't Ease Me In' that is actually fun to listen to, and not the groaner it would become in later years. Followed by a fantastic, laid-back 'Rider', not as emotionally driven as the Alfred College version a week earlier, but worthy nonetheless.
The rest of the set follows according to the acoustic sets from the period. Very little to disappoint and a whole lot to feel groovy about.
Pig, the showman, the bluesman, the soul of the band, finally finds his way to the stage after the NRPS set for the electric set, leading off with a ripping 'Good Lovin' typical for the era. I actually prefer '71 & '72 versions, but these '70 versions do quite well, and admittedly have a greater fierceness to them, thank you very much.
Perfunctory versions of 'CR&S' & 'Dire Wolf' follow, then it's Pig again, with his harp on, for a decent sounding 'Easy Wind', nicely performed. The 'High Time' is perfect, disturbed only by some chattering dummies in the crowd.
And since i truly love a ripping 'That's It For The Other One', more so if it has 1969 or 1970 in the signature, following the 'Good Lovin'' & 'Lovelight', this is the highlight of the electric set for me; yes, the sound is a tad muffled, but at least you can distinguish between the instruments, and right around 10'55 in, and again at 12'18 (and around 18'00), Jerry unleashes; Phil is, of course, his usual bad self as he lays back and destroys his instrument; just lovely.
Did i say i'm a huge fan of 'King Bee'? Well, i am. My favourite versions are actually those from 1966 & 1967 (7/1/66, 11/19/66 & 2/12/67), and so this late era version doesn't exactly make me feel all dirty and mean. And to be honest, it's not a very inspiring version, and yet, it's Pigpen, so i'm at least partially satisfied.
'NFA', followed by a fantastic 'Lovelight', round out the show. And not just any 'Lovelight', but a 32 minute work of beauty, my second favourite for the year, bested only by the version two weeks later on 5/24, my all-time fave. Eat your heart out direwolf.
And there you have it. A lovely audience recording, the way music truly should be appreciated, not via the sterile offerings of some lifeless soundboard. Get it here now:http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-05-07.aud.weiner-gdADT04.5439.sbefail.shnf
This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2008-12-20 00:52:02
This post was modified by Arbuthnot on 2008-12-20 00:54:17